Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 7th 2014 Contents A23
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
John Douglas shovels the snow off his car in Indianapolis yesterday as
temperatures hovered around ten degrees below zero. More than 12 inches of
snow fell on Sunday. AP PHOTO
at health centre
On the night of December 23, I
went to the St James Accident and
Emergency facility after taking a spill
and injuring my knee.
The doctor who "attended" to me
was female, spoke with a foreign ac-
cent and it was clear that English was
not her first language.
I asked whether she would dress
the wound since it was oozing a clear
She responded that it was better
for the wound to heal on its own, not
to apply any type of ointment and
that I shouldn't be concerned about
According to her, I had fallen on a
fatty part of my knee and that was
simply the "fat melting".
"Fat melting?" I was appalled.
Dr Fuad Khan, is this the calibre of
"doctor" you have in your employ?
Where on earth did she study med-
icine and why have we deemed her
suitable to serve the people of T&T?
For many, the service offered by
public health institutions is the only
We must do better.
It's Your Write
Ido empathise with Debbie
Jacob when she wrote about
the fireworks menace on yes-
terday s Guardian.
I made a report to the Tuna-
puna police station on Saturday
morning regarding the youths
in my area who have gone so
far as to throw lit fireworks in
my house. With all the criminal
activity going on, there was no
vehicle available and they said
they would come out and give
missed the call or if they truly
I won t say the police aren t
doing their jobs but if the Gov-
ernment is allowing fireworks
to be imported we will always
have the noise, danger and pol-
lution issues that accompany it.
When the delinquent youths
in and around my street throw
them into my house and burn
it down or damage someone,
the Government will have to
pay the full cost of recovery. I
will make sure of that!
The importers of this nui-
sance are most likely big party
financiers. They are also break-
ing the law by selling large
quantities for resale, to individ-
uals who do not hold licences
to do so. So unless the Govern-
ment stops companies from
importing fireworks, or makes
it mandatory for a police officer
to check that everyone buying
in bulk has a licence to do so,
this is going to continue.
If nothing is done, the youths
who detonate them in people s
property are going to target
more people and eventually
they will choose the wrong tar-
get and someone will either get
seriously injured or even killed.
That is when the police will
make an appearance, but it will
be too late then.
Police stations are inundated
with reports of abusive fire-
works displays, scratch bomb-
type noise makers that people,
animals and property have
become targets of, and they are
still being sold everywhere. Is
the Government going to do
anything about it, or do I have
to leave these shores every time
there is a national celebration?
WHEN IS SOMETHING GOING TO
BE DONE ABOUT FIREWORKS?
Save us from Point
Point Fortin is the only town in the world with a
roundabout that is not a roundabout. A few years ago
the traffic flows around what is known as the "Hi-Lo
roundabout" were changed so that one could encircle
the roundabout. In addition, traffic along the market,
Wickham and Tanner streets was made one-way with-
out consultation with the residents to be affected.
Consequently, on a daily basis, literally thousands of
vehicles entering Point Fortin from the south west
peninsula (Erin, Buenos Ayres, Chatham, Cedros, Icacos
etc) have to use Tanner Street, which is in a residential
area with a few elderly citizens.
What the changed traffic plan has done is to remove
the traffic jams from the commercial district to a resi-
dential area. Utter madness!
Residents of Tanner Street in particular are now sub-
jected to two forms of pollution 24 hours a day: 1. noise
pollution, especially from large commercial vehicles and
all PTSC buses entering Point Fortin; and 2. air pollution,
particularly from diesel vehicles.
It is no exaggeration to state that residents feel as
though the heavy vehicles are driving through their liv-
ing rooms, and it is worse at nighttime. In addition,
there are some days when the toxic fumes literally
burns one's eyes.
Letters to the office of the Mayor of Point Fortin
seeking a revision of the traffic flows have not yielded
any positive results. Perhaps the Traffic Management
division of the Ministry of Works should now get in-
Bank dispensing poor ATM
service to customers
Lately the ATM service at First Citizens Bank on In-
dependence Square has been beyond shabby. Although
there are two ATMs at the bank's main entrance and
one inside available during open hours, for the last few
weeks it's been the norm for just one machine at a time
to be in service, regardless of making return trips later
on during the day to see if it improved.
This usually results in a long queue of impatient cus-
tomers waiting much longer than usual to complete
The machines are habitually unable to give receipts.
The only time a transaction printout is dispensed is
after one makes a balance inquiry, and it seems like this
is only due to the fact that the balance is not displayed
When complaints are made about the poor service to
the information desk attendant, there is hardly any re-
gret or empathy shown.
Please, it is time to pull up your socks!
Please note that before your letter can be published, we must have your full
name and contact details, including a phone number.
Your contact information will not be published.
Letters should be no more than 500 words long and may be edited for length
and clarity. Please send them by e-mail to:
or by post to: The Editor, T&T Guardian, 22 St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.
Links Archive January 6th 2014 January 8th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page